Ubisoft is the third of four press events today. As usual, celebrity comedienne Aisha Tyler hosted the event, and she led us through Ubisoft's upcoming titles. Aside from the Assassin's Creed series and the upcoming Rainbow Six: Siege, there were some more sequels and even new titles.
South Park Returns
First up is South Park: The Fractured But Whole. After a brief trailer, the show's creators, Matt Parker and Trey Stone, showed up and talked about the game. Developed by Ubisoft San Francisco, it continues after the events of South Park: The Stick of Truth. Details are still slim, but we should be finding out more about the game soon.
The trailer for the new game, called For Honor, showed medieval warriors fighting for their lives in multiple environments such as a castle, mountaintop and swamp. Additionally, there are different types of fighters such as samurai, knights and even Vikings. The cinematic trailer is brutal and bloody, but it gives Ubisoft fans a taste of what's to come.
The game allows for single-player gameplay, but in order to really enjoy it, you can have a team of four people go against another team in multiplayer. In a way, it's like a strange version of a multiplayer online battle arena with four main heroes, and the rest are just mere foot soldiers. It's up to you and your skills to turn the tide of battle in your favor. Through a series of attacks, deflects, and special moves, you can outwit your human opponent and push on to victory.
There's no set release date yet, but the game will be playable tomorrow at E3. Unfortunately, those who can't make it here will have to wait until more news drops on For Honor.
A Wild Ride
Next up is the sequel to the vehicle racing game The Crew, called The Crew: Wild Run, with a trailer showing off monster trucks, drag races and motorcycles. The number of vehicles is bound to increase. The game is set to release on November 17, 2015.
Trials Fusion With A Cat
We're also getting an expansion pack for Trial Fusion called Trials Fusion Awesome Level Max. The expansion is set for July 14, and with a trailer featuring a cat with a gun riding a fire-breathing horse, it's hard to turn that down.
More On "The Division"
We saw this game earlier today at the Xbox Event, and obviously Ubisoft is showing more details, specifically an area called "The Dark Zone." In this area, players have the opportunity to help other agents, or choose to betray their fellow teammates. It's every player for themselves in this special area on Manhattan.
The trailer showed a team walking through a snowy, empty Times Square. Again, we see team-based gameplay, the key to success in the game. Soon the team encounters a group of three hostiles. However, they are ambushed from the rear, and the team doesn't know their true motives until they attack other enemies in the distance.
If someone helps you once in this treacherous area, there's no guarantee that they'll help out again. Teamwork is crucial to survive, but keep in mind that other teams in the area could have ulterior motives, as the trailer showed. Even your own teammates can turn on you when you least expect it, so watch your back.
Beta versions of the game will be available on both consoles and PCs early next year, but the actual release date is March 8, 2016. After a disheartening delay, it's good to know that we finally have a fixed date to walk through a wild Manhattan.
Take City Building To The Moon
We also saw the city-building genre leave planet Earth and make its way to the Moon in Anno 2205, featuring rovers and spaceships leaving and docking in your new metropolis. However, you need to get to the Moon first, by building the necessary technology to get there. Only then can you build a new empire in your home away from home. The beta starts later this year with a release in November.
We also get to see the new Just Dance 2016, which doesn't require a camera with a console anymore. Instead, you can use your smartphone to help you dance in the game. Our guess is that it will connect via Bluetooth.
Also, Jason Derulo made an appearance, which is an obvious indication that his hit song "Want to Want Me" is in the latest iteration of the dancing game. Ubisoft wants to keep content coming in to each Just Dance game in the form of the most popular songs, and with Derulo's song already included, fans of his music may want to pick it up when it comes out in October.
Also included for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version is a new subscription streaming service called Just Dance Unlimited, so you can easily dance to your favorite song, even if you don't have it on the current game. No subscription price was announced.
Rainbow Six: Siege
Angela Bassett makes her first video game appearance in the new Rainbow Six: Siege. Her character seems to play as Six, the director behind the Rainbow team, telling us that her team will do anything to make sure that any enemy will be defeated.
Just like most of the first-person shooter titles today, Rainbow Six: Siege will be heavily focused on multiplayer. However, there's a single player element, specifically with a mode called Terrohunt, which includes four different modes. Whether it's just you, or a team of you and other friends, you can play against tough AI.
The gameplay showed a team of four players infiltrate a French embassy and defuse a dangerous bomb somewhere in the building. Communication is key, because coordination is the best way to breach a room with multiple guards. You can also use a tiny robot to traverse beneath doors and scout ahead to get the lay of the land before you plan a precise and clean assault.
Debris and smoke really adds to combat, especially in tight situations when a team has to breach a door. A few weeks ago, we learned that the game will be using Havok's Havok FX software to make small particles like smoke, glass and other debris more realistic, as well as react to player movements.
Even with the game set to release in October, the beta version will be available a month before on September 24, 2015, so you'll have a chance to get acquainted with how the tactical shooter works before you get the actual copy.
The once PC-exclusive racing game is now on its way to consoles. The trailer showed a colorful city still featuring unreal tracks that have steep inclines, huge jumps and insane turns. As usual, the arcade-style racing game features a variety of cars and maps.
We also saw some gameplay, and as expected, the ridiculous fast speeds and surprising obstacles are sure to keep you at the edge of your seat. There are 200 tracks available for the game, but it can also create randomly generated custom tracks, so if you are somehow bored with the hundreds of included tracks, the game can make random tracks for you at any time.
Last but not least, we get another glimpse at the new installment in the Assassin's Creed series, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. The game, set in 1868, puts us in the driver's seat of the Fry twins. The cinematic trailer shows the Rooks gang, led by Jacob Fry, hunting a Templar letter, and we also get to see some of the new tricks up the assassin's sleeve, including an early version of a grappling hook.
Unfortunately, we didn't see any gameplay, but we're hoping to see more of the title on the floor this week.
One More Thing
There was one more surprise at the end of the event. Featuring a cast of four characters, the trailer for Ghost Recon: Wildlands shows the men taking out a drug kingpin and his vast supply. However, you can approach the objective in multiple ways, such as assassinating the kingpin, destroying the lab directly or setting up an ambush. The gameplay also features an open world setting with different types of weather and terrain, from lush forests to snowy mountains.
Once again, there's a big focus on multiplayer, with multiple teams taking on different operations at the same time. The other tactical shooter in the Tom Clancy series is going the same way as The Division, but we'll have to play it to see the differences between the two games.
The Division was a highly-anticipated game, and even with the delay, we at least have a launch date. Along with a South Park sequel and the debut of For Honor, we'll have a lot to play during our date with Ubisoft in a few days.